County unemployment rate increases in January


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



Champaign County’s unemployment rate grew to 5.1 percent in January, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In December 2015, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent with 19,400 employed people and 800 unemployed people. In January, the number of employed people dropped by 500 to 18,900 and the number of unemployed people increased by 200 to 1,000.

Champaign County’s unemployment rate in January 2015 was 5.5 percent, also with 18,900 employed people and 1,100 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 26 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, an increase from 4.1 percent in December 2015.

Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.0 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 13.8 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January, up from a revised 4.8 percent in December. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 100 over the month, from a revised 5,475,400 in December to 5,475,500 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 279,000, up 6,000 from 273,000 in December. The number of unemployed people has decreased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in January 2015.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.9 percent, down from 5.0 percent in December and down from 5.7 percent in January 2015.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.